Posted On: 11/5/19 9:38 AM

Class of 2020 point guard Maricus Grant of Battle High in Columbia is as good a defender as you are going to see in the state of Missouri.

The 6'2" Grant is a well-rounded player, but he has the ability to dominate games on the defensive end, whether he's harassing a ball handler the full court, coming over from the weak side for steals or dropping down into the low post to strip an opposing big, he can do it all. He has excellent size, strength and excellent footwork and combines it with a passing and zeal for the defensive end that few people can match.

"I take a lot of pride when it comes to defending because starting off at the age of five, that's all I could really do," Grant said. "I wasn't a shooter or a good dribbler. I could just get stops and my old coach taught me how to master the defense so I can always work on it anyway I can."

While his defense takes center stage, Grant has developed into an excellent all-around point guard throughout his stellar career at Battle. As a junior, he averaged 12.4 points, five rebounds, an impressive 8.9

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